Macaroni and Beef Casserole

Macaroni and Beef Casserole

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 35 mins
Total: 45 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
975 Calories
45g Fat
72g Carbs
68g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 975
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 45g 58%
Saturated Fat 21g 106%
Cholesterol 181mg 60%
Sodium 708mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 72g 26%
Dietary Fiber 6g 23%
Protein 68g
Calcium 670mg 52%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This macaroni and ground beef casserole recipe makes a great-tasting dinner for any night of the week. Simply made with the addition of onion, pepper, and celery mixed with spices, spaghetti sauce, tomato paste, and topped with shredded cheese, this casserole is a hearty and comforting dish.

Add a tossed salad and warm rolls or crusty bread for a perfect meal.


  • 8 ounces macaroni
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 rib celery, chopped
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (32 ounce) jar prepared spaghetti sauce (or your favorite)
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Macaroni and Beef Casserole ingredients

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  2. Cook macaroni in boiling salted water following package directions. Drain the macaroni in a colander and rinse with hot water.

    pasta in a colander

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  3.  Preheat the oven to 350 F. Spray a 2 1/2- to 3-quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray or butter lightly. 

    greased baking dish

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  4. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, and celery; cook, stirring, for about 3 to 4 minutes, until tender. Add the ground beef and cook, stirring and breaking up, until no longer pink. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute longer. Add the spaghetti sauce and tomato paste. Bring to a simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes. Add the cooked and drained macaroni and stir to blend.

    Macaroni and Beef Casserole cooking in a pan

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  5. Transfer to the baking dish. Top with the cheese and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until cheese is melted and the mixture is bubbly.

    Macaroni and Beef Casserole in a baking dish

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Recipe Variation

Add some sliced mushrooms as additional flavor and texture.

In place of spaghetti sauce, any good marinara or tomato sauce will work.

How to Store

Leftover casseroles can be stored for three to four days in the refrigerator. Cover tightly with plastic wrap, or aluminum foil.